Piedmont Grassland Bird Initiative

The Piedmont Grassland Bird Initiative (PGBI) creates a resilient agroecosystem that benefits grassland birds through the work of the Piedmont Environmental Council, the Smithsonian’s Virginia Working Landscapes, the American Farmland Trust and Quail Forever.

Support Grassland Birds on World Migratory Bird Day

Support Grassland Birds on World Migratory Bird Day

On Saturday, October 9, bird enthusiasts around the globe will be celebrating World Migratory Bird Day, an opportunity to raise awareness around the incredible wonders of bird migration. While some of our grassland birds are year-round residents, such as the Bobwhite quail, most of Virginia’s grassland birds are migratory. With this in mind, we want to highlight several things that you can do around your landscape that will have a positive impact on our region’s grassland birds, both migratory and resident, as well as improve biodiversity.

What is the Piedmont Grassland Bird Initiative?

What is the Piedmont Grassland Bird Initiative?

Native grasslands have suffered the most intense impact by humans of any of North America’s terrestrial ecosystems, resulting in grassland-associated birds experiencing a steeper, more consistent decline than any other guild of birds. Decades of increasingly intensive agriculture have reshaped the habitats that these grassland birds rely upon.